Good dental hygiene and the consumption of certain foods, such as apples, tomatoes and strawberries, can help prevent the appearance of tartar on the teeth.
Tartar, also called tartar or dental calculus, is the hardening of bacterial plaque due to the deposit of minerals.
This usually causes the teeth to appear unattractive, with a yellowish or brown coloration and, at the border between the gums and the teeth, the residues can be even darker in color. Therefore, it is perceived as a kind of ‘scab’ over said area.
What should you know about tartar?
Tartar is rough to the touch and, beyond being an aesthetic problem, it can lead to the appearance of other health problems. Tartar, when interacting with certain foods (such as candy, cola, and fried foods) releases an acid that can cause cavities .
On the other hand, certain habits such as smoking, alcoholism and excessive consumption of coffee can promote the appearance of tartar. There may also be a certain genetic predisposition to the production of tartar.
Home remedies for tooth tartar
The best remedy against tartar is prevention, proper dental hygiene habits help prevent the appearance of this plaque. Specialists recommend brushing your teeth after every meal, or at least 2 times a day. On the other hand, using dental floss or interdental brushes at least once a day helps prevent the appearance of tartar.
In addition to maintaining good dental hygiene habits, it is important to visit the dentist regularly for a deep cleaning. Now, you can also take advantage of the benefits of certain home remedies to avoid excess tartar on the teeth.
Many people use baking soda mixed with lemon or salt to reinforce their dental hygiene and keep their teeth clear, given the properties of these ingredients. It is recommended to also mix with a little water, since the flavor can be a bit strong. Be careful with its use because it can damage the enamel.
1 tablespoon of baking soda (10 g).
1 teaspoon of salt (5 g).
Water (required amount).
- In a bowl, mix the baking soda and salt.
- Dip your toothbrush in warm water.
- Dip your toothbrush into the baking soda and salt mixture to soak it in.
- Brush as usual, but try to focus on the areas where tartar tends to accumulate the most.
- Repeat at least 2 times a day (morning and night) to get results.
It is another of the dental whiteners par excellence, in addition, this citrus fruit has antibacterial properties that come in handy when it comes to fighting tartar.
After use, rinse well so that, the next day, when in contact with the sun, there are no spots on the skin around the mouth.
The acid in the lemon, in turn, could damage or weaken the teeth; therefore, you should use this recipe at most once a week.
- The juice of ½ lemon.
- ½ cup of warm water (125 ml).
- Fill half a cup with warm water. Add the lemon juice to it.
- Place the water and juice in a glass or cup and stir.
- Swish all over your mouth before going to bed.
- Rinse with a little lukewarm water so you don’t have the sour taste.
This substance, so common in homes, also serves to lighten teeth and remove tartar. You can use this home remedy up to three times a week, always as a rinse, after routine brushing.
- ¼ cup of warm water (62 ml).
- 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide (20 ml).
- Put warm water in a glass and add the hydrogen peroxide. Stir to mix.
- Drink some water and swish for at least 1 minute.
- Spit out the mixture and repeat for another minute.
- Rinse with cool water.
These seeds are ideal for loosening accumulated dirt from the teeth. It is only necessary to take a spoonful of them and chew them slowly for one or two minutes. Then, they are spit out and, with the help of the previously moistened toothbrush, the teeth are massaged. Finally, it is rinsed with water.
This aromatic herb that is used in many recipes for flavoring can also help fight tartar buildup on the gums. One of the simplest remedies is the following:
1 handful of parsley leaves (20 g).
1 tablespoon of water (10 ml).
- Wash and chop the parsley leaves well.
- Mix it with the water to make a paste.
- Place it on the teeth and let it act for about 5 minutes.
- Rinse with plenty of lukewarm water.
Fruits to remove tartar from teeth
Some of them have the ability to whiten our teeth and remove tartar attached to it for a long time. For this method to work, you must eat them raw and bite them (do not cut them with a knife).
The apple, the melon and the strawberries are three perfect alternatives to have healthy gums, avoid the accumulation of food and prevent bleeding that appears with brushing. It should be noted that the apple must be eaten with its peel to achieve the desired effect.
Both strawberries and tomatoes can be used simply by cutting them into slices and rubbing them directly on the teeth before each meal.
On the other hand, recent studies show that the constant consumption of fruits in the long term is associated with a decrease in the formation of tartar. This is because the fruit promotes the acidification of dental plaque, preventing its accumulation.
Another homemade way to combat tartar is to rub the inside of the peel of certain fruits (orange and banana) against the teeth for about 2-3 minutes before and after eating. So, you know, don’t throw them away and take advantage of them to take care of your teeth!